BSc, BArch, AABC, RIBA(SCA)
Associate, Conservation Architect
Bruce qualified at Dundee in 1991. He joined Nash Partnership with a strong background in Listed Buildings and Schools projects and he has a very broad range of experience, having worked for both private practices and Local Authorities. His clients have included large commercial, retail and leisure organizations, schools, police authorities, churches, community associations and private house owners. This means that he is well versed in resolving various conflicting issues of the aspirations of the brief, site constraints and legislative/policy criteria with financial reality.
Bruce leads our conservation team and is particularly interested in the challenges of reducing the environmental impacts that come with the reuse of existing buildings; in the framework of current and developing environmental legislation. In particular he is a strong advocate of learning from the millennia's worth of building experience and encouraging people to understand how buildings work in order to avoid unnecessary expenditure. This is reflected in his work with re-using historic buildings, developing new uses for existing structures that will sustain them whether Grade I listed, or of more modest stock. Bruce's expertise is recognised increasingly through requests to speak on current conservation issues.
Bruce also guides the practice's development and understanding of sustainable issues, looking beyond the immediate energy use into how buildings work with communities and help to sustain communities. This is reflected in his work with various community and education clients. He believes that society needs to re-engage with and understand how a buildings work in order to use the inherent passive sustainable qualities of both existing and new buildings, and that many of the traditional approaches are inherently more robust than placing an over reliance on technological solutions to issues that could be avoided.
Opposite: Sutcliffe House, Bath